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  • v. To eliminate, or destroy by fast moving water, such as in a flood, or a high sea.
  • v. To eliminate, in a figurative sense.

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  • v. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
  • v. eliminate


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  • Quickly, she cupped her hands under the stream, then splashed the water onto her face, cooling her cheeks, pushing back the soul-jarring memory and hoping to wash away the stain of that night forever.


  • Carnac and Luxor are but names, or if their skeletons remain, still more desert sand, and at length a wave of the Mediterranean Sea are needed to wash away the filth that attaches to their grandeur.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • And if, on the other side, thou wert asked, What thou esteemest to be the most precious thing in the world? thy heart might answer, One drop of Christ's blood, to wash away my sins.

    The Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.

  • It felt good to immerse herself in its warm silkiness, and she soaped herself vigorously, as though by doing so she could wash away the memory of Raschid's hands on her body.

    Falcon's Prey

  • She would never leave her mark on Mammy's heart the way her brothers had, because Mammy's heart was like a pallid beach where Laila's footprints would forever wash away beneath the waves of sorrow that swelled and crashed, swelled and crashed.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • That evening, after my father returned home, the smell of the soap he had used to wash away the traces of Marilyn Hyde's death still strong upon him, he sat at our kitchen table and opened a bottle of Coors.

    The Killing Kind

  • In short order Mat was stretched out beside his bedding — "My Lord will not want to stain his blankets" — letting Nerim wash away dried blood and sew him up.

    Lord of Chaos

  • He could no more wash away the distinct memory of the evil he knew was out there than he could that of his troubled childhood, his subsequent erratic maturation, and the pressure to succeed that had been placed on him by his good friends and mentors Bran Tse-Mallory and the Eint Truzenzuzex.

    Running from the Deity

  •     The mountain warrior struggled to clear the centaur's eyes, scouting for water among the fallen to wash away the poison and quench the druid's raging thirst.


  • It was as if the administration saw these kids as effluents that we could wash away downstream.

    Land of the Blind


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